Patriots imperfect, but still good enough

Updated: December 20, 2010, 9:00 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- So it turns out they are human; still bound for the Super Bowl, perhaps, but with blemishes and calluses and bruises and, well, weaknesses.

The New England Patriots probably should have lost to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night in what unfolded as the most peculiar game of their season. The fact that they escaped with a 31-27 victory merely reinforces the notion that they are card-carrying members of the NFL's elite and that Tom Brady remains the quarterback ...

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